Life Sciences, Ema Milano – Expo Milano 2015, with its theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” provided an exceptional boost to the development of life sciences. Milan hosted experts and a selection of innovative projects from 200 participants (including countries, international organisations, NGOs and private companies), local universities and companies, nurturing many fruitful international relationships.
The Italian government is now transforming the Expo site into the Human Technopole (HT), a research centre dedicated to big data and genomic and human sciences, with the aim of integrating medicine I.T. and engineering to promote health and prevent aging diseases.
The pharmaceutical sector
Italy has the second largest pharmaceutical industry in Europe in terms of production volumes and is the world’s largest exporter of medicines per capita, with 60% of the country’s production taking place in the Lombardy Region.
Significant investment is made in the pharmaceutical sector in Lombardy: over the past three years, €700m has been invested in clinical studies in the region, placing Italy third in the EU ranking of investments in the sector. 8% of clinical studies are carried out for regulatory purposes and 27% for non-profit purposes. 26% of Italian companies in the biotechnology industry are located in Milan area, with a turnover of €3.4m, accounting for 45% of the overall national turnover.